We brew our own real ales on-site (tours by arrangement) in the old cart lodge located behind the pub.
The brewery has a two and half barrel capacity producing a maximum of 90 gallons of beer per brew. We employ a full mash using English malted Maris Otter barley supplied locally by Muntons in Stowmarket. The bittering, flavour and aroma are provided by leaf hops supplied by Charles Faram. The fermentation utilises a live brewing yeast supplied by the Colchester brewery in Wakes Colne.
Beer is brewed to order and available in casks (9 gallon/72 pints). Please phone Nigel on 01449 741 434 for information including prices and availability.
|Pump Clip||Beer Name||ABV||Style & Tasting Notes|
|Bildeston Best||3.6%||An amber best bitter, balanced malt and hops give a rich and fruity taste for a beer of this strength.|
|Brettvale Gold||3.6%||A golden easy drinking session ale, hoppy but not too bitter or too dry a finish.|
|Landlady||4%||A golden ale with a bitter/sweet lemon-citrus hoppy finish.|
|Blondie||4%||A pale coloured summer ale using an extra pale maris otter malt and beautifully flavoured English Cascade hop giving a fresh grapefruit-citrus flavour|
|B Natural||4.2%||A golden ale with added Brettvale Honey for a subtle honey-sweet finish. Brewed to celebrate Bildeston's music festival B Natural in early September.|
|Hop Baby||4.4%||Golden ale brewed to celebrate the arrival of our baby daughter Freya 06/11/2010, late hopped using the wild hops growing in our beer garden giving a refreshing subtle citrus orange fravour and aroma.|
|Brettside||4.5%||A premium amber ale, based on our popular Bildeston Best but stronger ABV and finished with Fuggles hops for good hop/malt balance.|
|Beerwitched||4.6%||A porter with a rich complex maltiness and smooth finish, dark roasted chocolate lovelyness.|
|Crowdie||5%||An oatmeal stout. Dark and smooth with balanced hops so not too sweet. Crowdie is the old English/Scottish name for an oatmeal porridge.|
|Wednesday, Thursday||18:00 - 23:30|
|Friday||16:00 - 23:30|
|Saturday||12:00 - 23:30|
|Sunday||12:00 - 22:30|
|Outside business hours we can be contacted by telephone...|
Telephone: 01449 741434 01449 741434
Bildeston Kings Head
132 High Street